Nation: Lady Bird

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"I looked at her. Mrs. Kennedy's dress was stained with blood. Her right glove was caked—that immaculate woman—it was caked with blood, her husband's blood. She always wore gloves like she was used to them. I never could. Somehow that was one of the most poignant sights—exquisitely dressed and caked in blood. I asked her if I couldn't get someone in to help her change and she said, 'Oh, no. Perhaps later I'll ask Mary Gallagher, but not right now.' " Before Lady Bird gave the transcript to the Commission, she had done some editing. On the original, at the point where she discussed Jackie's refusal to change her blood-drenched clothes, Lady Bird had added: "Then with something—if you can say a person that gentle, that dignified, had an element of fierceness—she said, 'I want them to see what they have done to Jack.' "

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